Happy New Year!

By Jennifer Giering
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce

As the first full year of operations for the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, the year promises some new and exciting new programs while we enhance some of the annual favorites.

Members will continue to enjoy a number of networking events and programs including Chamber Connect, our traditional morning and after hour events and monthly Small Business Lunches. The Small Business Journal will continue to provide a platform for information sharing, connections and increased visibility for our new members. In addition, small business owners can plan on “Meet The Purchaser” returning this fall, with increased procurement opportunities.

The Chamber will continue to host the successful Business Builder Breakfast Series which provides a platform for key decision makers from around the state to address the local business community. To kick off the series, the chamber will host “A Tale of Two Cities” featuring Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko and Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Warren Valley Banquet Center. Tickets are $30 and can be secured online at www.dearborna-reachamber.org.

The annual Business Recognition Award Ceremony & Luncheon will return honoring some outstanding chamber members; Business of the Year – Severstal, Small Business of the Year – Westborn Market and Individual of the Year – Lynne Killion, PostNet.

Community events such as the Teacher of the Year, Taste of Dearborn, Special All-Stars Day, and the Farmer’s Market will continue as in past years. Also look for Hiring Our Heroes, a hiring event for veterans and their spouses, to return to Dearborn April 4 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

We will continue to strive to be one of the leading business development organizations across the state, as we drive business to our members, while maintaining an efficient and lean organization. As we look forward to 2013, we will use our core initiatives to guide our operational plan; member development, community development, travel and tourism, government affairs, and education – all of which support economic development. Look out for a great, new year ahead!